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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 37. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 1 1 Browse Search
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in at Raccoon Ford, on the Rapidan river, have succeeded in making their escape, and recrossed that river, though it was hoped that the stream was too much swollen to permit them to do so. Brig-Gen. Hays. We have it from those who profess to be familiar with the facts that this Federal officer who is now a prisoner in the Libby ware house, is a native of this city where the earlier years of his life were spent. Some years ago he was a clerk or attendant in the drug store of John H Eustace, then a prominent apothecary in Richmond. From this city he went to Philadelphia, where he acquired some prominence, and now turns up a Brigadier-General in Lincoln's service. It is to be hoped that his imprisonment in the city of his birth will have the effect to convince him of the error of his way, and the folly of attempting the subjugation of the people of his native State. It is also said that his mother is still living, and a resident of Rocketts, in rather indigent circumstances.
The Daily Dispatch: January 20, 1864., [Electronic resource], The wreck of the steamer Vestafull particulars. (search)
and for over two hours we were a target for Yankee gunners.--Eighty-seven shots were fired from all the ships, but, providentially, no one on board was injured Capt. Eustace managed the ship well, and during the hottest fire ran up his flag to show defiance. Free once more, another attempt was made to run in; but now, I am sorry to say, our greatest trial came. Captain Eustace, during the action, had visited the lockers a little too often, and just in the first moment of our triumph became quite under the influence of drink. The pilot, Adkins, was very drunk, hopelessly so, and Mr. Tickle, the 1st officer, completely stupefied with liquor.--It was a sd a portion of their baggage landed; but a boat was refused the passengers to save all their trunks and packages until quite too late. Just before sunrise Capt. Eustace set fire to the vessel and afterwards began to save the baggage — At this time no sail was in sight, and not until some hours after, when attracted by the smok
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